Media firm closes Grand Junction newspaper

A newspaper has ceased operations in the Grand Valley after more than 10 years of publishing daily and then weekly issues.

The Grand Junction Free Press published its last edition Oct. 16.

Ben Rogers, general manager of the newspaper, announced the closure in a column published a week earlier.

“This decision was very challenging for me personally,” Rogers said. “I love the Free Press and love the Grand Valley. This has been a great stop along the way and one of my favorite places to live and work. A  great community in a beautiful setting that warmly welcomed my wife and I, we couldn’t have asked for more.”

Swift Communications, a media company based in Nevada, operated the Grand Junction Free Press. Swift Communications operates a total of more than 20 publications in four states as well as four national publications.

The company also operates Colorado Mountain News Media based in Gypsum, which in turn publishes nine newspapers in Western Colorado.

Swift Communications said the Free Press offered a publication focusing on the positive aspects of the community, but the growth opportunities for the business were limited.

Swift Communications announced it will continue to use the Free Press office in Grand Junction for Wheels and Deals, a twice-monthly automotive publication. The company will continue to offer digital products and other marketing resources in Grand Junction.